Klamath Basin News – Tuesday, March 26th Update


Contributions from Paul Hanson at Wynne Broadcasting’s KFLS 1450AM / 102.5FM and The Herald & News

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER

Today
A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Possible half inch of snow overnight.

Wednesday
Rain and snow showers. High near 45.. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday
Snow showers likely before 11am, then rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

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Hiwy 97 at Chemult   
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Hiwy 97 at GreenSprings Dr.            
Hiway 97 at LaPine

   
         TODAY’S KLAMATH FALLS AREA NEWS HEADLINES & STORIES…

Pipeline Protest at Pembina Office This Thursday

Klamath Indivisible will hold a rally to protest the proposed LNG pipeline Thursday, March 28, at the new Pembina office, 901 Main St., in front of the Oregon Bank building, in downtown Klamath Falls, starting at noon.

The protest is part of the No LNG Statewide Lobby Day planned by dozens of progressive and climate-concerned organizations across Oregon, according to a press release.

Klamath Indivisible listed its concerns for the gas pipeline that is proposed to run from Malin to Coos Bay to deliver gas to a liquefied natural gas conversion plant for shipment overseas.

Pemina, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, maintains it has constructed thousands of miles of pipeline that are safe and has worked with landowners and tribes to help ameliorate their concerns. (See related story)

Jordan Cove responds to critics

In a press release issued Monday, the Jordan Cove Pipeline project pointed out several areas in which it is working to improve relations with landowners and the public over its construction project.

Jordan Cove:

  • Has developed plans to invest $100 million in environmental protection, including reconnecting more than 100 acres of estuary and freshwater floodplain to restore endangered Coho salmon habitat lost long ago, supportive of delisting Coho as an endangered species;
  • Is exploring ways to preserve old growth forest and wildlife habitat, in cooperation with landowners;
  • In working with service providers and non-profits throughout Southern Oregon, the company has placed more than $600,000 in grants with local organizations. Another round of grantmaking will take place in April;

Get Free Tax Help at Klamath County Libraries

The downtown Klamath County Library and Chiloquin branch library are hosting free tax aides through the AARP through April 10. A Spanish language interpreter will be available at the downtown library to assist taxpayers who primarily speak Spanish.

Every Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m. downtown and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chiloquin, specially trained tax aide volunteers from AARP will be on hand to help with tax preparation. You do not have to be a member of AARP (or even a senior citizen) to take advantage of this assistance – taxpayers of any age can drop in.

Time with the tax counselors is by walk-in only (it’s best to come early). Some restrictions may apply; the tax aides may not be able to help with preparing certain types of tax returns.

Survivors Of Suicide Support Group To Start

A new, survivors of suicide or SOS support group is starting up in Klamath Falls.

Survivors of suicide wants people who: Are a survivor of a loved one lost to suicide; have struggled with suicidal thoughts; maybe supporting someone who is struggling with suicide.

It starts Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the IYS Administration Building, 115 N. 10th St.

The group is backed by Just Talk, a suicide prevention awareness group and You Matter to Klamath, a coalition of local counselors focused on suicide prevention.

For details call or text Agnes McKeen at 541-591-3617.

Citizens for Safe Schools to Host Mini-Golf Tournament Fundraiser on April 14th

Citizens for Safe Schools will be hosting a Miniature Golf Tournament fundraiser to support their Kids in the Middle youth mentoring program. This fundraiser will be held at the Running Y Resort (5500 Running Y Road) Mini-Golf Course on Sunday April 14th starting at 1:30pm. The cost of this event is $40 per person, or get a $5 discount per player if you purchase a 4 person team for $140 total. Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite or by paying with cash, check, or card in the Citizens for Safe Schools office located at 2316 S 6th Suite A.

The cost of your ticket not only covers the 18-hole round of Mini-Golf, but also pays for food and drink, and admittance into the silent auction and raffle. This is going to be a day of fun the whole family can enjoy, while supporting local kids in need! Every dollar raised directly supports a Mentor/Mentee match in the Kids in the Middle program. 

Citizens for Safe Schools is a local grassroots, 501©(3) nonprofit which has been operating in the Klamath Basin for 20 years. Their mission is to create a safe and drug free community where all children, especially those at risk for delinquency, academic failure or victimization have opportunities to build resiliency and character and all adults feel empowered to help them. The Kids in the Middle program is a volunteer based one-to-one mentorship program for ‘At-Promise’ youth in the Klamath Basin. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Mentor with Citizens for Safe Schools, or are interested in donating to their cause, learn more by visiting citizensforsafeschools.org or by calling the office at 541-882-3198.

Citizens for Safe Schools is located at 2316 South Sixth Street, Suite A.

News Release    

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Pacific Southwest Region

Tulelake, CA  96134

Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is seeking to contract with local producers for cooperative farming privileges on 3,501 acres at Lower Klamath NWR and 460 acres at Tule Lake NWR. All growers are welcome to apply and contracts are for crop share, meaning the resulting crop is shared by the cooperator and the refuge. Growers are responsible for all growing costs, and the refuge provides land.  

On Lower Klamath NWR, cooperative farming agreements will be issued for barley or wheat production on these units: 4B (408 acres), 7A (498 acres), 7B (530 acres), 8B (691 acres), 12B (750 acres), 9B-D (556 acres) and Stearn’s 6-7 (68 acres).

Units and acreages available on Tule Lake NWR are: 362 (170 acres), 364 (191 acres) and the northern half of 339 (96 acres). Crops on these units may include wheat, barley and potatoes.

For all cooperative farm agreements, preference will be given to proposals that increase the availability of habitat for waterbirds during fall migration. Grain crop share for wildlife will be a minimum of 25 percent. Units offered this year have been pre-irrigated and according to the Siskiyou County Department of Agriculture, may be certified for organic production, with the exception of the southern half of Tule Lake unit 362.

A competitive scoring system will determine successful proposals. Application packages are available from the Klamath Basin NWR headquarters at 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake, CA 96134, or by contacting Dustin Taylor at 530/667-8312. Applications must be received at the refuge headquarters by 4pm Wednesday, April 4th, 2019 to be considered for the cooperative farming program.

…For complete details on these and other stories see todays Herald & News.  Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed

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